Originally posted: October 10, 2017
No additional injury for Vikes QB Sam Bradford
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:47pm
Vikings’ trainer Eric Sugarman said that Sam Bradford had a new MRI on Tuesday and that he has no additional injury.
The team said it was a collaborative decision to start Bradford but it was tough to simulate game situations. Bradford was sacked four times and it got to the point the team didn’t want to risk addition injury.
Pats QB Tom Brady dealing with left shoulder injury
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:41pm
Tom Brady missed practice Tuesday as he had an MRI performed on his left shoulder.
The MRI came back negative and Brady should be ready to practice this week and play Sunday against the Jets.
According to NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Giardi, Brady suffered the injury during one of two Julius Peppers sacks in the Patriots’ loss to Carolina on Oct. 1
It’s Brady’s non-throwing shoulder and it’s an A.C. joint sprain, the story said. Brady has taken a thunderous beating through five games. He’s been sacked 16 times so far this season and taken countless hits on top of that, the story said.
Seattle RB C.J. Prosise expected back Week 7
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:38pm
HC Pete Carroll said third-down back C.J. Prosise, who missed Seattle’s past two games with an ankle injury, will be available when the team returns from its bye next week. His comments were in response to a question about what criteria the Seahawks would use each week to determine their primary option for the next game.
Related players: Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy
Prosise should resume his third down role. As for Rawls and Lacy, they both finished with 10 touches and seemed to alternate drives, although Rawls did end up with more snaps (32-19).
Vikes RB Dalvin Cook said ACL surgery ‘went great’
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:33pm
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook gave an update Tuesday on his surgery to repair a torn ACL. Cook tweeted that his surgery “went great” and thanked fans for their support.
Cook should be able to make a full recovery, and as long as there are no setbacks, should be ready in time for next season.
Saints Beat: RB Alvin Kamara ran Adrian Peterson out of town
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 3:31pm
Clearly the Saints decided that they didn’t have much use for RB Adrian Peterson since they preferred the more versatile duo of veteran Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara and wanted to get both of them on the field as much as possible.
Sean Payton hinted recently that the Saints might not have signed Peterson if they had known they were going to draft Kamara in the third round — or, at least, that the vision for Peterson wouldn’t have been the same.
As the story said, it’s overstating things, but Kamara’s bust-out game in Week 4 in London certainly helped things along. Ingram and Kamara will see more snaps as a result of Peterson leaving, but keep in mind Peterson wasn’t getting a lot of time anyway.
Panthers expect WR Devin Funchess to play on TNF
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 3:22pm
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Devin Funchess will be fine.
It’s a short week and Funchess hasn’t practiced yet because of a knee injury, but it looks like he’ll be able to play Thursday in what should be a nice matchup against an Eagles secondary that remains without some key players.
Ravens re-sign RB Bobby Rainey
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:13pm
The Ravens re-signed Bobby Rainey to fill their need at running back following Terrance West’s calf injury.
The 29-year-old veteran will back up Javorius Allen and Alex Collins, and can contribute on special teams. According to reports, West is expected to miss some time, but Head Coach John Harbaugh did not elaborate.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger still has confidence
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:12pm
After throwing five interceptions in last Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said “maybe I don’t have it anymore” when discussing his performance.
Roethlisberger’s pity party came to an end at some point between Sunday afternoon and his weekly appearance on “Cook and Poni” on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning. Roethlisberger said “not at all” when he was asked about that comment and whether he’s lost confidence in himself.
“Bad day at the office. You get frustrated, you feel like you let your teammates down,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger said he found that it’s “not the worst game I’ve ever played” when watching the game on film and that he still feels like he’s “one of the best in the world” at playing quarterback.
McCarthy: Packers RB Aaron Jones ‘earned more opportunities’
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:05pm
The ground game had by far its best showing of the season with rookie running back Aaron Jones taking the reins. Jones rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, leading to the obvious question of just where the depth chart stands at the position right now with Ty Montgomery (broken ribs) currently sidelined and rookies Jamaal Williams and Davante Mays getting little to no snaps.
Asked if he’ll have a 1-2 punch with Montgomery and Jones once the veteran’s ribs heal, McCarthy took a big-picture view.
“I hope I have a 1-4 punch,” he said. “That’s why we drafted three running backs. It takes time. It’s a young man’s league, I get it, and Aaron had an opportunity he cashed in. I’m proud of him. He’s earned more opportunities moving forward.”
Montgomery was playing a large number of snaps over the first three weeks with Williams getting involved on a very limited basis. After Monty and Williams went down in Week 4, Jones showed his stuff, so it only makes sense he cuts into Monty’s large snap numbers.
Saints trade RB Adrian Peterson to Cardinals
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12:12pm
The New Orleans Saints are trading veteran running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported according to a source informed of the deal.
Related players: Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara
Peterson should have a chance to win the RB1 job from Johnson, who has mostly been unimpressive since rejoining the team after David Johnson went down. Peterson isn’t necessarily a pass-catching option out of the backfield, so we think Ellington’s fantasy value should remain unchanged. As for the Saints, it means a bump up for Ingram and Kamara as they’ll gobble up the snaps Peterson normally had.
WR Tavon Austin taking “a break” from returning punts
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:26am
First-year head coach Sean McVay said Sunday the Los Angeles Rams are going to give Tavon Austin “a break” from returning punts. He can use one.
“I’m a little scarred up right now,” Austin said after Sunday’s 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. “Never going to make excuses. Just gotta keep working at it day in and day out, hoping I get it back when I’m feeling more comfortable catching the ball back there.”
Austin will continue to work on returning punts in practice, but in games he will defer to either Cooper Kupp or Pharoh Cooper. The Rams will decide between the two at some point this week.
Panthers TE Ed Dickson no longer a ‘forgotten man’
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:25am
Panthers TE Ed Dickson has caught eight passes on nine targets for 237 yards in the past two games.
“I don’t think they’re going to forget me,” he said.
HC Ron Rivera called Dickson a “forgotten man” in the team’s offense, but that’s no longer the case. While it didn’t look that way when Greg Olsen went down, Rivera said the team wouldn’t change the offense and that certainly seems to be the case.
Vikes QB Sam Bradford aggravates knee injury
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 8:38am
Sam Bradford’s departure Monday night late in the first half of the Minnesota Vikings’ win over the Chicago Bears was hastened when he aggravated a knee injury that had sidelined him for three games, coach Mike Zimmer said.
Related players: Case Keenum
Bradford is considered day-to-day for now, Zimmer said. The story said Bradford didn’t want to come out but Zimmer felt it was best if they pulled him, so it remains to be seen how serious the injury is. He’s certainly a question mark for Week 6, an early home game against Green Bay.
Vikes WR Stefon Diggs dealing with groin injury
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 8:34am
Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs injured his groin in the third quarter.
Digg did return in the game after getting worked on. He played on 50 snaps when all was said and done, but he finished with just one catch for four yards. It seems to be a minor issue but also something to keep an eye on this week.
Giants WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) to have season-ending surgery
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 8:28am
Giants WR Brandon Marshall announces on his IG that he is having season-ending surgery tomorrow.
Related players: Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram
This is a bit of a surprise as it was reported Marshall’s injury was a sprain. It officially leaves Lewis and Shepard, when he’s healthy, as the team’s top two WRs. TE Engram should have a bigger role as well.
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